The Playwriting Concentration
The MFA playwriting program embraces diverse voices and aesthetics. There are many ways to write a great play, exemplified by our faculty, which includes Tony©, Pulitzer, and Obie Award winners such as Charles Mee, Lynn Nottage, and David Henry Hwang. This program seeks to help each student find their own unique and idiosyncratic voice, and help each play grow into the best version of itself.
We take a practical approach to preparing graduates for careers as dramatists, by offering courses and experience in the full range of dramatic writing, including television, film, and musical theatre, under the guidance of instructors like Tony© Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and iconic TV showrunner Matt Williams.
Because we believe playwrights need to hear their work and see it staged, two years of reading and critiquing student work are supplemented by workshop productions. The third year includes professional development led by the concentration head, with each student receiving a full production of their thesis play, mentored by their favorite dramatist or other theatre professional.
This program is large enough to offer a wide range of courses, and small enough for each writer to gain the personal attention necessary to facilitate their all-important artistic growth.
New Plays Festival 2019
WED, MAY 01 - SAT, MAY 18 2019
Big St. Germain, by Jack T. Calk; The Visitors, by Elisabeth Frankel; Sunday Afternoon (After Service), by Gethsemane Herron-Coward; Dog, by Anna Jastrzembski; Ella in the Tundra, by Marianna Staroselsky; Trends In Chaos, by Emily Wiest; and Chinese Opera and A Modern Drama, by Ruoxin Xu.
Organized by David Henry Hwang, Theatre.
Meet the Playwrights: Alex Viteri '17
Meet the Playwrights: Becca Plunkett '17
Meet the Playwrights: Callan Stout
Meet the Playwrights: Aeneas Hemphill '17
Meet the Playwrights: Alix Sobler '17
Meet the Playwrights: Ellen Steves '17
Meet the Playwrights: Stephen Foglia '17
Current student Stephen Foglia’s thesis play, Outer Banks, tells the story of Junie, a young woman whose sister disappeared without a trace. Now Junie’s family is ready to move on, but she may not be ready—especially once she begins to receive mysterious messages.read more